In honor of women’s history month, we are thrilled to introduce you to a mother-daughter conservation duo based in Rwanda.
Please meet Elisabeth Nyirakaragire, a Veterinary Officer for the Rwanda Development Board (RDB) and her daughter, Clementine, Regional Data Clerk for Gorilla Doctors.
Elisabeth has been working with gorillas at Volcanoes National Park since 1987, living her dream and collaborating with Gorilla Doctors each week to plan health assessments and treatment.
“I first saw gorillas as a young girl when they would venture outside the park and quickly had the idea to be a part of the conservation team working to save them. I like field work and am happy to see the number of mountain gorillas increasing knowing veterinary activities are part of that success.”
Naturally, her daughter Clementine, grew up watching her mother.
“She inspires me so much, growing up I used to see her loving and taking care of the animals and seeing her getting involved in animal health is how I was motivated to learn more.”
Clementine started with Gorilla Doctors in 2008 as an Administrative Assistant and when she finished her degree in Information Technology (IT) she returned in 2012 as our regional Data Clerk.
Much like her mother, Clementine is a pioneer in her field, as one of only 12 women earning an IT degree at her college.
“My advice to the other young women is simple: get out of the box, get rid of the fear, feel confident in yourselves, don’t ignore yourselves – you can do anything that men do. Study hard and don’t limit yourselves. Use your knowledge not only in other domains but also join the conservation efforts – there is a contribution you can give.”